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€31.8m investment announced by Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland has announced an investment of nearly €32m in national governing bodies (NGB) for sport, direct athlete support and the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Network for 2019.
This represents a significant increase on 2018, including an investment of €12.845m in the core activity of NGBs for sport; €8.46m in NGB high-performance programmes; €820,000 in high performance funding for the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland; and €7.29m in the work of the LSP network. Sport Ireland also announced €500,000 in targeted funding for projects, to assist with the preparation for key events in 2019, along with a further €1.93m for the International Carding Scheme.
Last year marked an exceptional year for Irish sport at an international level, with Irish athletes and teams winning 77 medals at major competition throughout the year. At home, NGBs and LSPs saw sustained participation and engagement with programmes, with many new innovative initiatives rolled-out nationwide.
The International Carding Scheme has increased from €1.9m in 2018 to €1.934m in 2019. For 2019 and 2020 the International Carding Scheme will be awarded as a two-year scheme. This means that athletes who are awarded Carding in 2019 will be funded until December 2020, subject to terms and conditions.
Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, said: “A significant development this year is the move to a two-year model for the International Athlete Carding Scheme. This new approach will remove pressures associated with carding criteria and allow athletes to fully focus on Tokyo 2020 qualification and performance. High performance programme funding provided to NGBs in 2019 will stand for the funding round in 2020. This commitment from Sport Ireland is provided to well-governed NGBs that are tracking to deliver their targets in Tokyo 2020.”

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